BERLIN, November 5 (Reuters) – German security services believe a man found dead on a street outside the Russian embassy in Berlin last month was an undercover agent for Russia’s FSB intelligence service, Der Spiegel reported on Friday .
The 35-year-old man’s body was found in early October 19, the magazine reports. It said, citing security sources, that the man had fallen from a top floor of the embassy.
Berlin police declined to comment, asking all questions to the public prosecutor that were not immediately available for comment. The discovery of a body outside the Russian diplomatic mission has not previously been reported.
Security sources told the magazine that it was unclear how the diplomat had fallen and what had caused his death. The Russian embassy had not accepted an autopsy, Der Spiegel said.
The man, who has not been named, was officially listed as the second secretary of the embassy, the magazine said. He was also related to a senior Russian official from the FSB’s second directorate, who deals with counter-terrorism.
Der Spiegel quoted the Russian embassy as saying the incident was a “tragic accident” which it would not comment on “for ethical reasons”. The embassy did not immediately respond to a request from Reuters for comment on the Spiegel report.
A spokesman for the German Foreign Ministry told a regular news briefing on Friday that the German government was aware of the death of a Russian diplomat in Berlin but could not provide any details. L8N2RW3TZ
Reporting by Thomas Escritt; Editing Jon Boyle
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